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December 2011 Archive for Machinery Journal

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One Day Left to Enter Welding University

Dec 30, 2011

Enter for Your Chance to Win in the Welding University Contest. Dec. 31 is the deadline.

Prizes include Miller welding gear and a trip to receive hands-on welding instruction.
 
Learn about the 2011 winners here and here.
 
Here’s the scoop on the 2012 contest:
First Prize Packages
Three winners receive Black Performance Series Auto Darkening Helmets
 
2nd Prize Packages
Ten winners receive HD MIG/Stick Gloves
 
Grand Prize Packages
Three grand-prize winners will receive a two-day trip to Appleton, Wisconsin to attend Farm Journal’s Miller Welding University from Miller’s headquarters and choice of one of the following packages:
       Bobcat™ 250 EFI engine-driven welding generator, Performance™ Series auto-darkening helmet (choice of graphic), MIG gloves and Classic cloth jacket
       Millermatic® 212 Auto-Set™ MIG welder with Spoolmate™ 200 Series spool gun , Performance™ Series auto-darkening helmet (choice of graphic), MIG gloves and Classic cloth jacket
       Spectrum® 625 X-TREME™ Plasma cutter, Performance™ Series auto-darkening helmet (choice of graphic), MIG gloves and Classic cloth jacket

Firsthand Fendt History

Dec 23, 2011

In November, I joined a group of 100 farmers and dealers from North America to travel to Marktoberdorf, Germany—the home of Fendt. You can read more about that here. 

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One big takeaway from the trip for me was experiencing the history of Fendt first hand.

You can take a virtual tour of the Fendt museum here, and here are some of my highlights:
The First Fendt Tractor
FirstFendtTractor
In 1928 Johann-Georg Fendt built this self-propelled mower in his workshop. It had a gas engine.
 
The Diesel Horse
FendtFirstPTO
This 1937 model has 16 hp and featured a PTO shaft and helped start the brand of “Dieselross” which translates to Diesel Horse.
 
Wood-Burning Tractor
WoodBurningTractor
This 1942 model was powered by the resources available at the time—wood. The shortage of diesel fuel led to Fendt engineers building this G 25 model with wood-burning engine. The four-stroke engine provided up to 25 hp.
 
Suspended Front Axle
SuspendedFrontAxle
This 1950 F 25 A model features all-wheel-drive and a suspended front axle.
 
100,000 Tractors
GoldFendtTractor
In 1961, the company built its 100,000th tractor. This Farmer 2 model was powered by a 3-cylinder, 34 hp diesel engine.
DieselHorseLOGO 
 
And here are two tacky tourist photos just for fun….
FendtEuropeanHQ 
Yes, after an afternoon of touring Fendt HQ, I was checking my Blackberry while sitting on a toy tractor enjoying a beverage.

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Who Wants to Buy Kverneland?

Dec 21, 2011

There have been a handful of reports about two companies making offers to buy Norwegian farm machinery company Kverneland. Reportedly, CNH and Kubota are interested in acquiring the company, which includes the Kverneland and Vicon brands of forage harvesting equipment, balers, tillage, seeding systems , fertilizer spreaders and sprayers.

In an official announcement CNH said: “CNH sent the Kverneland ASA Board of Directors a non-binding indication of interest with respect to the potential launch of a voluntary tender offer for 100% of Kverneland ASA's outstanding shares at a price per share equal to NOK 9.50 (equivalent to an aggregate consideration of USD 246 million for 100% of Kverneland ASA's outstanding shares). The actual launch of such offer is subject to certain conditions including completion of satisfactory due diligence.”
The Wall Street Journal reports, “Earlier Wednesday, Kubota announced it had agreed with Kverneland shareholder Umoe AS to buy its 31.8% of Kverneland for NOK10.50 per share, topping CNH's NOK8.50 per share non-binding bid. Kubota has also offered NOK10.50 per share in cash for the remaining Kverneland shares. Should CNH decide to up its offer for Kverneland, Kubota would still own a 31.8% stake in the company.”
Kubota’s offer was extended on Dec. 16. CNH gave its offer on Dec. 19.  
Stay tuned.

When Ferguson Tractors Went to the South Pole

Dec 19, 2011

In a recent Farm Life magazine article this historic moment was recounted, when Ferguson tractors were driven to the South Pole, becoming the first vehicles to be driven to the pole, and the first overland journey to the pole since Captain Scott in 1912.

In all seven Ferguson TE-20 tractors were part of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition that was led by Sir Edmund Hillary from 1955-1959. Some of the machines had half-tracks installed on the rear, but others were fully tracked machines. Four of the modified tractors were gasoline engines, and three were diesel powered.
dash to the pole
In a telegram sent from Antarctica, Sir Edmund Hillary said, “Despite quite unsuitable conditions of soft snow and high altitudes our Ferguson's performed magnificently and it was their extreme reliability that made our trip to the pole possible”
The TE-20s had retrofitted canvas covers over the operator to help protect them from the elements.

One Click to Win Welding University

Dec 13, 2011

Enter for Your Chance to Win in the Welding University Contest

Prizes include Miller welding gear and a trip to receive hands-on welding instruction.
Learn about the 2011 winners here and here.
Here’s the scoop on the 2012 contest:
First Prize Packages
Three winners receive Black Performance Series Auto Darkening Helmets
 
2nd Prize Packages
Ten winners receive HD MIG/Stick Gloves
 
Grand Prize Packages
Three grand-prize winners will receive a two-day trip to Appleton, Wisconsin to attend Farm Journal’s Miller Welding University from Miller’s headquarters and choice of one of the following packages:
*       Bobcat™ 250 EFI engine-driven welding generator, Performance™ Series auto-darkening helmet (choice of graphic), MIG gloves and Classic cloth jacket
*       Millermatic® 212 Auto-Set™ MIG welder with Spoolmate™ 200 Series spool gun , Performance™ Series auto-darkening helmet (choice of graphic), MIG gloves and Classic cloth jacket
*       Spectrum® 625 X-TREME™ Plasma cutter, Performance™ Series auto-darkening helmet (choice of graphic), MIG gloves and Classic cloth jacket

Trip to See Where Fendt Tractors are Made

Dec 08, 2011

In conjunction with attending Agritechnica, I was able to tag along with a touring group of North American Fendt dealers and customers. We traveled to Marktoberdorf, Germany, where Fendt is headquartered and its tractors are made.

In all, Fendt has 22 acres of manufacturing under roof and 86 acres for the total campus.
It takes 14 hours to build a tractor, and with today’s facility the company can produce up to 80 tractors a day.
The manufacturing process includes a mixed line of products including the200, 300, 400, 700, 800 and 900 Series tractors. Currently, there is a five to six month lead time for a tractor order, which are manufactured in the order they are received.
Fendt employs just-in-time and just-in-sequence manufacturing practices with more than 350 parts suppliers. The housings, transmissions and cab are delivered to the assembly line only three hours before the assembly begins.
The company sources components from 24 foundries, and 80% of the transmission content is sourced in-house.
In 2009, Fendt built its 100,000th Vario tractor. And today, all of the company’s tractors are geared with the Vario transmission. 
With each machining step, the components are measured to verify they are up to standard. It takes 90 minutes to measure and verify every tractor frame.
Throughout the assembly area, an overhead crane carries parts as heavy as transmission units to their end point.
The company uses a heat recovery system that is able to capture 65% of the heat from 1600 machines throughout the facility. In the summer, the factory uses an active cooling system.
At the end of the assembly line, the final inspection includes a five minute drive test and five minute brake test.
Fendt employees 2,500 people at the Marktoberdorf facilities, and another 900 employees work at the company’s cab building operations in Asbach-Baumenhein, Germany.
With a $200 million investment, called Fendt Ahead, by mid-year 2012 the company will expand to produce up to 100 tractors a day, 20,000 tractors a year, and 30,000 Vario transmissions a year.

 

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Videos from Agritechnica

Dec 01, 2011

A 360 degree view of the John Deere Booth at Agritechnica 2011. 

 

Paul and Blaine Kummer of Colfax, ND, share their first impression of Agritechnica 2011 and what they'll be able to take home to their 4,000 acre row-crop farm. The father and son pair won a trip to the 2011 show through a contest by Farm Journal and the DLG (German Agricultural Society) who hosts the event. 

 

A 360 Degree View of Agritechnica taken from the Grimme booth. 

 

This is a bird's eye view of Agritechnica taken from the Claas booth.  

 

With more than 3.2 million square feet of exhibits to explore, here's a recap of some of the innovations on the show floor at Agritechnica 2011. The show takes place through November, 19, in Hanover, Germany.

 

 

 

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